Historic Environment

Historic Parks and Gardens

Historic Parks and Gardens

Historic Parks and Gardens contribute to the setting of historic, listed buildings, and are valued as ‘works of art’, perhaps by a well known designer, or for their horticultural interest or association with a notable person or event, and as a focus for community identity and sense of place. There is also a growing movement for recognising and cherishing local character and distinctiveness and for working towards a sustainable environment. Historic Parks and Gardens make an important contribution to the environment and we need to ensure that they are recognised, conserved and protected.

Recognising the need to identify these sites, Hampshire County Council in partnership with the Hampshire Gardens Trust have been recording and researching historic parks and gardens in Hampshire. These records form the Hampshire Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Some of these sites are considered of national importance and are on English Heritage's Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.

Hampshire's Historic Parks and Gardens

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This publication is aimed at owners and others responsible for the management and conservation of historic parks and gardens.

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The English Heritage Register

The Rotunda at Highclere Park

Since the 1980s there has been a national record of historic parks and gardens, known as the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England which was established and is maintained by English Heritage.

The sites are divided into three grades:

  • National interest II

  • Exceptional interest II*

  • International Importance I.

To ensure that local planning authorities have appropriate professional advice when considering such applications they are required to consult English Heritage where an application affects a grade I or II* registered site, and the Garden History Society on all applications affecting registered sites regardless of grade. There are 57 sites in Hampshire on the English Heritage Register.

Are sites on the Register open to the public?

Sites on the National and Local Registers are often in private ownership and are not open to the public unless advertised as being so. Look at the links on the map of English Heritage sites and other links such as .the National Gardens Scheme.

 

The Hampshire Register

Parkland

The Hampshire Register is a database of parks, gardens, and other designed landscapes in Hampshire, based on survey, research and recording of sites carried out by Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Gardens Trust and others. The information varies from sites that are fully documented to those that may have little more than a site name and location. Research continues and the database is continually being added to; some records may be confidential to respect the wishes of particular owners.

Access to the Hampshire Register

A list of sites was produced in June 2000 and detailed information on specific sites can be accessed from the records kept in Hampshire County Council Environment Department in Winchester and similar records are also available at the offices of the Hampshire Gardens Trust in Ampfield. In response to the Government's encouragement to disseminate information about the historic environment on websites (The Historic Environment: A Force for Our Future, December 2001) an up to date list of recorded sites on the Hampshire Register is available on this website.

For information on sites within the unitary authorities of Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council please contact the relevant authority or contact the Hampshire Gardens Trust.

Are sites on the Register open to the public?

Sites on the National and Local Registers are often in private ownership and are not open to the public unless advertised as being so. Look at the links on the map of English Heritage sites and other links such as .the National Gardens Scheme.